Crashes as a result of driver distraction can lead to serious life threatening injuries, as well as deaths. This can include hospitalisation, rehabilitation and in some cases a life time of care.
Take time to identify potential distractions and take action to minimise the risks.
There are 3 main types of distractions:
- Visual – taking your eyes off the road.
- Manual – taking your hands off the wheel or feet off the pedals.
- Cognitive – taking your mind off driving.
Using a Mobile/smartphone whilst driving is one of the highest causes (inside the vehicle) of driver distraction crashes especially within the 20-39 age group.
The video below is an example of how using a mobile phone in the car can lead to serious injuries. We thank the staff at ABI rehabilitation for their assistance in making this campaign video www.abi-rehab.co.nz
Auckland regional all attention/distracted crash statistics 2012 - 2016 (NZ Transport Agency statistics)
In the Auckland region between 2012-2016 there were 209 serious injuries to drivers who had their attention diverted, as well as 24 deaths.
Using your mobile phone while driving impairs your driving performance in several ways:
- Slower reaction time especially when braking.
- Impaired ability to stay in the correct lane.
- Shorter following distances.
Don’t be tempted to use a hand held mobile phone in the car. In addition to the risks to yourself and others, it is against the law and you risk and $80 penalty fine and 20 demerit points.
Using a mobile phone while driving makes drivers take their eyes off the road, their hands off the steering wheel and their minds off the road.
- The phone stops in the car.
- Or it stops your life.